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Bulletin 2000-05

by on May 1, 2000

Queens Chess Bulletin

May, 2000


Peter Bierkens, Edgar Cimafranca Sr., and Brian Lawson each scored 5.5 out of 7 to split the Club Championship in the fall. Each player received $167.

Bierkens had the most interesting route to the winner’s circle, taking three consecutive byes to begin the tournament. He then won the four games he played.

Brian Lawson enjoyed his second triumphant Club championship, having won the title solo in 1995.

Edgar Cimafranca’s successful performance helped make Club history. His son, Edgar, Jr., is a former Club co-champion (1994), thus making the Cimafrancas the first father/son duo to win the title.

Ken Cruz scored 4 points to take home the 1700-1899 class prize. He won $50. Newcomer Justin Schoenberg scored 4.5 points to win the Under 1700 prize by a full point over the opposition. He won $50.


Peter Bierkens continued his winning ways by coming out on top of the Winter Open. He scored 3.5 of 4 to take clear first and $100. Ed Frumkin scored 3 points to take second and $50.

Charlie Gisondi scored 3.5 to win the Under 1800 section. He won $80. Aliakbar Asar and Jay Kleinman each scored 3 to tie for 2nd/3rd, and each won $20. Tom Felle took the Under 1600 class prize with 2.5. He won $40.


The Club sent two teams to the U.S. Amateur Team East, which was held February in New Jersey.

Jay Bonin, Ed Frumkin, Joe Felber, and Jay Kleinman were Y2Jay. The team scored 4 out of 6 and narrowly missed the Under 2100 prize.

Tyrell Harriott, Dave Spigel, Marian Waxman, and Ken Cruz were the Queens Pawn Gang. They scored 3.5.


Jay Kleinman scored 3.5 out of 4 to take first place in the Club’s Spring Amateur, an Under 2000 tournament. Your Editor, taking advantage of the absence of any players over 1800, won $70. Frank Drazil scored 3 to take second and $35, while young Ilya Bendich scored 2.5 to win the Under 1500 prize of $35.


The 7th Annual Queens Futurity began in February and was winding down at press time. The Futurity is the Club’s only round-robin tournament and gives participants an opportunity to earn a FIDE rating. Full coverage next issue.

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This issue we salute our three co-champions with two winning games each from the ‘99 Club Championship. We begin with Peter Bierkens and what turned out to be the dethroning of the ‘98 champ, Ed Kopiecki. It’s a fascinating game in which Kopiecki wins a pawn, has his opponent’s King under fire, and yet still gets beat.

Bierkens,P (2175) – Kopiecki,E (1998) [C30]

Queens CC (6), 10/29/99

1.f4 e5 2.e4 Bc5 3.Nf3 d6 4.Nc3 Nf6 5.Bc4 Nc6 6.d3 Bg4 7.Na4 0–0 8.Nxc5 dxc5 9.Be3 Tartakower-Opacensky (Baden, 1914) continued with 9 c3. White ultimately won. 9…exf4 10.Bxc5 Re8 11.0–0 Ne5 12.Bb3 b6 13.Ba3 a5 14.d4 Nxf3+ 15.gxf3 Bh3 16.Rf2 b5 17.c3 Nh5 18.Qe2 c6 19.e5 b4 20.cxb4 Qxd4 21.Rd1 Qxe5 22.Qxe5 Rxe5 23.bxa5 Rexa5

Black has an extra Pawn but White has the board’s only passer and that ends up deciding the game. 24.Be7 Re5 25.Bd6 Rg5+ 26.Kh1 Re8 27.Rfd2 h6 28.Ba4 Rc8 29.Bc2 g6 30.a4 Kg7 31.Rg1 Rd5 32.Rxd5 cxd5 33.Bd3 g5 34.a5 f5 35.a6 g4 36.a7 Kf6 Even after the forced 36.. Ra8 the a-Pawn is bound for glory. 37.Bb8 gxf3 38.a8Q f2 39.Qa6+ Ke7 40.Bd6+ Kf7 41.Qb7+ 1–0

Harriott,T (1940) – Bierkens,P (2175) [D40]

Queens CC Jamaica (5), 22.10.1999

1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 c5 4.e3 Nf6 5.Nf3 Nc6 6.Bd3 Be7 7.0–0 0–0 8.Ne5 Nb4 Wagner-Schlage, a 1922 game from Germany, continued 8.. cxd4 with an eventual White win. Perhaps Bierkens knew this game and varied. 9.Bb1 cxd4 10.exd4 dxc4 11.Re1 Nbd5 12.Nxc4 b6 13.Ne5 Bb7 14.a3 Rc8 15.Bd2 Nxc3 16.bxc3 Qd5 17.Nf3Qh5 18.Re5?

Bxf3 19.gxf3 Qh3 20.Bd3 Bd6 21.Bf1 Qh4 22.Bg5 Qh5 23.Bxf6 Qg6+ 24.Rg5 Qxf6 25.Rg2 Rxc3 26.Be2 Rfc8 27.Kh1 Qf4 28.Qg1 g6 29.Rg4 Qd2 30.Re1 Rc1 31.Bd1 Ra1 32.Rf1 Rcc1 33.Be2 Rxf1 34.Bxf1 Qc1 35.Kg2 f5 36.Rg3 Bxg3 37.hxg3 Qd1 38.Qh1 g5 39.d5 exd5 40.a4 g4 41.fxg4 fxg4 42.Kh2 Qf3 43.Qg1 Ra2 44.Bg2 Qxf2 45.Qh1 Qxg2+ 46.Qxg2 Rxg2+ 47.Kxg2 This King and Pawn ending doesn’t require too much subtle technique to convert. 0–1

The following two games helped bring Brian Lawson back to the champ’s circle for the second time in five years.

Lawson,B (2076) – Kador,J (1947) [C86]

Queens CC Jamaica (6), 10/29/99

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.Qe2 b5 6.Bb3 Be7 7.0–0 0–0 8.c3 d6 9.a4 Bb7 10.d4 Qd7 I couldn’t find this move in the database although it appears playable. Several moves have been played here including ..b4,Qc8, Nd7, b4, exd4, and bxa4. 11.Bc2 Qg4? Loses a Pawn. 12.h3 Qh5 13.axb5 axb5 14.Rxa8 Rxa8 15.Qxb5 Nd8 16.Re1 Ba6 17.Qb3 Bc8 18.Nbd2 Ne6 19.dxe5 Nc5 20.Qb5 Bd7 21.Qe2 dxe5 22.Nf1 h6 23.Ng3 Qg6 24.Nxe5


Olaru,R (1836) – Lawson,B (2076) [B30]Queens CC Jamaica (4), 10/15/99

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Be2 Nf6 4.d3 d5 5.exd5 Nxd5 6.0–0 g6 7.c4 Zlamal-Fiala, a 1995 game from Europe, continued 7 Nbd2 with an eventual White wn. 7…Nf6 8.Nc3 Bg7 9.a3 0–0 10.h3 b6 11.Rb1 a5 12.Bf4 Bb7 13.Nb5 Rc8 14.Re1 Re8 15.Qc1 e5 16.Bg5 Qd7 17.Nh2 Rcd8? 18.Qe3? 18 Ng4 would appear to give White a winning advantage. 18…e4 19.dxe4 Rxe4 20.Qg3 Rde8 21.Red1 Nd4 22.Bf1 Nh5

And Black’s activity begins to become too much for White. 23.Qd3 Qf5 24.Nd6 Qxg5 25.Nxe8 Rxe8 26.Re1 Rd8 27.Qe3 Nf4 28.Qg3 Qxg329.fxg3 Nfe6 30.b4 axb4 31.axb4 Nc2 32.Rxe6 fxe6 33.bxc5 Bd4+ 34.Kh1 Bxc5 35.Nf3Bxf3 36.gxf3 Ne3 37.g4 Rd2 38.Re1 Kf7 39.h4 Rf2 40.Bd3 Rxf3 41.Re2 Nxg4 42.Kg2 And Black went on to win this with little difficulty. 0–1

And the following two games are from the patriarch of the chessplaying Cimafranca family.

Frumkin,E (2096) – Cimafranca,E (1988) [A24]

Queens CC Jamaica, 10/29/99

1.c4 e5 2.g3 Nf6 3.Bg2 g6 4.Nc3 Bg7 5.e4 Nc6 6.Nge2 0–0 7.0–0 d6 8.f4 exf4 9.gxf4 Bg4 10.d4 Nd7 A.Schneider (2385) – E.Kahn (2215) continued 10.. Na5 in a 1991 game from Budapest. White ultimately won. 11.Be3 Nb6 12.b3 Re8 13.Qd2 Qd7 14.Rae1 a5 15.a4 f5 16.h3 16 e5 is needed. 16…Bxe2 17.Rxe2 fxe4 18.Nxe4 d5 19.Nc5 Qf7 20.Rd1? Fritz likes 20 Rfe1 20…dxc4 21.Nxb7 Qd7? 21.. Nxd4! is the move 22.Nc5 Qd6 23.Nb7 Qd7 24.Nc5 Qd6 25.Nb7 Qf6 26.bxc4 Kh8 27.Bxc6? The mechanical beast really wants 27 Qc2 here when White’s game is preferred. 27…Qxc6 28.Nxa5 Qxa4 29.c5 Nd5 30.Bf2 Rxe2 31.Qxe2 Rxa5 32.Re1 Ra8 33.Qd2 Qd7 34.Kh2 Ra3 35.Bg3 h5 36.h4 Qg4 37.Qf2 Rf3 38.Qg1 Nxf4


Waxman,M (2038) – Cimafranca,E (1988) [B90]

Queens CC Jamaica (5), 22.10.1999

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Bd3 e5 7.Nf3 h6 8.h3 Be6 9.0–0 9 Be3 seems to the more usual move here although the text is certainly fine. 9…Nbd7 10.Re1 Be7 11.Nh2 Qc7 12.f4?! exf4 13.Bxf4 Ne5 Black declines White’s offer of the b-pawn. Fritz would grab the pawn but admits White would have 1/2 a pawn’s worth of compensation. 14.Qe2 0–0 Now, with White’s Rooks connected, Fritz agrees with the decision to lay off the b-pawn. 15.Nf3 Rfe8 16.Kh1 Ng6 17.Bh2 Nh5 18.Nd4 Nhf4 19.Nxe6 fxe6 20.Bxf4 Nxf4 21.Qg4 Nxd3 22.cxd3 Bf6 23.Rac1 Qa5 24.Rf1 Kh8 25.Rf2 Qb6 26.Rcf1 Qc5 27.Qg6 The exchange sac with 27 Rxf6 gxf6, 28 Rxf6 looks tempting but isn’t clear after 28.. Qg5. 27…Qg5 28.Qf7?

White presses. Forced is 28 Qxg5. 28…Bd4 28.. Re7 gets Black the Queen for Rook and minor piece. Even after the text, however, Black retains the edge. White’s main trump is that he’s tripled up on the f-file. That can’t last, though. The decisive feature here would appear to be Black’s better minor piece. 29.Rf3 Re7 30.Qf4 Qxf4 31.Rxf4 Rc8 32.Rf8+ Rxf8 33.Rxf8+ Kh7 34.Rd8 Rf7 35.g4 Rf1+ 36.Kg2 Rf2+ 37.Kg3 Rxb2 0–1

And finally, we present two submissions from Charlie Gisondi.

Treger,Y (2331) – Gisondi,C (1774) [A45]

Marshall Swiss (1), 9/19/99

1.d4 Nf6 2.g3 c5 3.e3 d5 4.Bg2 Bg4 4.. Nc6 was Bergman-Hebden, a 1988 European game, which White ultimately lost. 5.Ne2 Qd7 6.c4 e6 7.Qc2 Nc6 8.dxc5 Bxc5 9.a3? 9 cxd5 is equal. 9…dxc4 10.0–0 Ne5 11.b4? Bb6? [11…cxb3! 12.Qxc5 Nd3 And Black is in complete control.] 12.Nbc3 0–0 13.Bb2 Qd3 14.Rac1 Rac8 15.Nf4 Qd7 [15…Qxc2 16.Rxc2 Nf3+ nicely consolidating Black’s advantage.] 16.Ne4 Qc7 17.Qc3 Ned7 18.h3 Bf5 19.Nxf6+ Nxf6 20.g4! And finally White has compensation for his pawn. 20…e5 21.Qxe5 Qxe5 22.Bxe5 Be4 23.Bxf6

It appears safe to assume that White was in time pressure here as a draw was agreed. White is clearly better after 23..Bxg2, 24 Kxg2 gxf6.


Gisondi,C (1772) – Saunders,M (1644) [A45]

World Open (2), 7/3/99

1.d4 Nf6 2.g3 g6 3.Bg2 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.c4 c5 6.d5 6 Ne2 was Ebralidze-Ragozin (Tbilisi, 1937), an eventual win for Black. 6…0–0 7.Ne2 a6 8.a4 e6 9.0–0 exd5 10.exd5 Bg4 11.Nbc3 Re8 12.Re1 Bxe2? Clearly not a move which makes much sense. 13.Rxe2 Nbd7 14.Bf4 Ne5 15.Bxe5 Rxe5 16.Rxe5 dxe5 17.Qe2 Qd6 18.Re1 Re8 19.Qc2 Nd7 20.Ne4 Qb6 21.Re3 Nf6 22.Rb3 Qc7 23.d6 Qd7 24.Rxb7! Qd8 25.Nxf6+ Bxf6 26.Bd5 Rf8 27.Qe4 Kg7 28.Bc6 Qa5 29.Qd5 Qe1+ 30.Kg2 e4 31.Qxe4 Qd2 32.Bd5 Bd4 33.Qf3 Bf6 34.d7 Qe1 35.d8Q Bxd8 36.Rxf7+ Rxf7 37.Qxf7+ Kh6 38.Qf8+


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